On Jan. 20 in New York City, many people gathered to honor the late ACT UP activist Spencer Cox (see Peter Staley’s eulogy here). Six days later, AIDS Healthcare Foundation officially closed what was once the home to another group of AIDS fighters—people dying from AIDS themselves and the too often overlooked extraordinary people who took care of them. Please watch this video to grasp some small inkling of the love and heartbreak that was the AIDS crisis as we knew it. From AIDS Healthcare Foundation:
From 1988 to 1996, thousands of people suffering through the final stages of AIDS were cared for with dignity and compassion at Chris Brownlie Hospice, which became the first AIDS hospice in California when it was opened by the organization then known as AIDS Hospice Foundation. After transitioning from hospice care in 1996 with the advent of lifesaving antiretroviral drugs, the facility then served as headquarters of AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Public Health Division; now, the facility officially shut its doors with a sunset memorial ceremony on Jan. 26th, 2013.